I’ve gathered up a variety of printables, activities, videos, and book suggestions to make your planning for Black History Month much easier. The combination of materials in this post is enough to put together a comprehensive Black History Month Themed Unit Study.
When I collect resources to share, I put a special emphasis on activities that engage children who don’t learn well with endless paper and pencil activities. You will find some more traditional learning activities here, but my focus is on highly-engaging learning for active kids who learn differently. I hope you enjoy this collection of Black History Month ideas.
Black History Month Learning Theme
If learning with themes is new to you, see my post on How to Create a Unit Study which includes a video I made to walk you through how to use the different ideas in the Learning with Themes Activity Pack. The pack contains 41 pages of unit study printables and worksheets that can be used with almost any learning theme.
All of the single page printables below are included as well as many others. I show a number of ways to use the pack with the topic of Black History Month, but there are many more in the pack you could use as well.
This Theme Planner page is included in the pack. You can use it to begin jotting down your ideas and plans as you go through the suggestions I’ve assembled below.
Black History Month Printables
Black History Month Fun Fact Cards
If you and your children want to learn about many interesting people, check out my Black History Month Fun Fact Cards. This is a collection of fascinating facts that you won’t find anywhere else and one of my best selling products. I guarantee you will learn some fun things along with your children while using these! If you do a morning time with your children, these would be a great addition to your basket.
Black History Month Copywork
Your children can also enjoy practicing their handwriting with the fun facts in copywork form. The copywork includes both print and cursive in three options.
Black History Month KWL
Start your Black History Month unit study off with a KWL. KWL stands for Know, Want to know, and Learned. Your learner lets you know what he already knows about the topic, what he wants to know, and (at the end) what he has learned. KWLs are a great way to document your child’s learning. I explain these in more detail in the video I mentioned above.
If your learner prefers something with a bit more visual interest with pictures of famous black Americans, this Black History Month KWL is available in my shop.
History of Black History Month
This video from PBS Kids offers a brief overview of how Black History Month started and spread.
Black History Month Books
Learn about famous black Americans and their accomplishments throughout history.
- Black Pioneers of Science and Invention
- 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History
- 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History
A selection of coloring pages that tell about famous leaders and events in black history.
Famous Black Americans
Hattie McDaniel Mini Biography
Hattie McDaniel, radio and movie actress and winner of first Academy Award (Oscar) by a black person.
Booker T. Washington Mini Biography
Booker T. Washington was at one time the most famous and influential black person in the world. Learn what he accomplished.
Other Mini Biographies
- George Washington Carver
- Colin Powell
- Jackie Robinson
- Harriet Tubman
- Sojourner Truth
- Frederick Douglas
- Louis Armstrong
- W.E.B. Du Bois
After learning about these men and women, choose one to write about and draw a portrait.
Famous Black Americans Placemat
We have used these placemats on a variety of topics with our daughter. They are a great way to learn for visual learners and can start some great conversations at the dinner table.
Children’s Books About Important Black Americans
Try a few of these chapter books for your read aloud time or independent reading.
Complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting two people you’ve learned about during Black History Month.
Here is a selection of words that could work for spelling. Choose the ones that best fit your learners.
- Black History Month
- Underground Railroad
- civil rights
- African diaspora
Word Search Puzzle
Use some or all of these words to create a word search puzzle.
Write a Letter
Write a letter from an abolitionist in the north to a friend in the south, trying to convince him to change his views on slavery.
Commemorative Postage Stamp
Design a postage stamp to commemorate a black American you admire.
Select 5-10 black Americans and create a timeline that shows how their lives overlap by marking their birth, death, and major accomplishments.
Take a field trip to a historical museum, art museum, college, or other location that features African-American themes. Record your time there.
Choose a person or event from Black History Month and create an acrostic poem about him/her or the event.
Hands On Learning Activities
Check out these lists of delicious food that will be perfect for your learners to try during Black History Month!
- 17 Favorite Black History Month Recipes to Celebrate from Mom in the City
- Try These African Heritage Food Swaps for Black History Month from Oldways – Inspiring Good Health Through Cultural Food Traditions
- African American Soul Food Recipes from Soul Food and Southern Cooking
Although no one knows exactly where Mancala originated, it is an ancient game played throughout all of Africa.
Here is a video demonstration.
Learn the History of Hambone and How to Play It
Hambone has its roots in Africa. Read more about it here and then learn to play it.
Negro Spiritual Songs
Research Negro spiritual songs and learn to sing one or play one on an instrument.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Learn more about the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The first video is a promotional video created by the museum. You can visit the museum website here.
Black History Month Controversy
Not all black Americans support having a Black History Month. Here are two short videos that express those ideas. These can be a great catalyst for discussion.